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Posted in love, church by LifeSpringChurch on June 5th, 2017

Ephesians 5:21-6:9 serves as the foundation for this sermon.  In the text, Paul teaches the Ephesian Christians how one should live in a household.  What he describes is a life of loving self-sacrifice.  In 5:32, Paul discusses his real motive in the teaching when he says, "This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one."  This passage gives one of the best descriptions of how much Christ loves the church and what he was willing to sacrifice for the church.  



Posted in love, church, Christians, Romans by LifeSpringChurch on May 17th, 2017

This sermon comes from Romans 1:8-15 in which Paul talks about the privilege he felt being able to carry the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles.  The sermon examines the discrimination that arose in the Roman church as a result of an exile imposed on Roman Jews between 41 and 52 AD.  In light of the discrimination that existed between Jews and Gentiles the book of Romans was written by Paul to provide instruction on how the Roman Christians should treat each other.



Posted in church, first century, Communion by LifeSpringChurch on May 7th, 2017

In this series of sermons about the first century churches, today's sermon looks at Corinth and their issues surrounding worship.  Particularly pertaining to the Lord's Supper. The sermon examines how division and prejudice prevents the church from enjoying the relationship which God intended for her. 



Posted in resurrection, church, Holy Spirit by LifeSpringChurch on April 23rd, 2017

Acts 2:41-47 tells the story of what happened to the first disciples after the day of Pentecost.  The Greek word Koinonia is the word Luke uses to describe the community and experience that was formed out of the Resurrection of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit.  The sermon describes what it means to be a community defined by this fellowship word.

The text for this sermon is included in this recording, read by Melvin Mahaffey, one of LifeSprings young men.


Go West Young Man

Posted in church, missional, gospel, evangelism by LifeSpringChurch on September 18th, 2016

This sermon takes its title from a Horace Greely quote during the westward migration in the infancy of the United States. The sermon text comes from Acts 13:1-5 in which the church in Syrian Antioch commissioned Paul and Barnabas to begin a westward push of the gospel to central Turkey and parts west of there.  This sermon looks at the four characteristics of the first century church and shows how LifeSpring can imitate them as well:  trusting God, being sensitive to God's call, focus on mission, and unification in purpose.


Teach Your Children

Posted in church, dedication by LifeSpringChurch on June 6th, 2016

This sermon is informed by Moses' speech to the second generation of the children of Israel just before their march into Canaan.  In his speech Moses said that it was critical to their survival as a nation that they pass on their history and instruction to their children and future generations.

This sermon was part of LifeSpring's Child Dedication Sunday.  The text comes from Deuteronomy 6:1-9.

A Word to Elders

Posted in church, Peter by LifeSpringChurch on May 30th, 2016

This sermon concludes a short series on the letter of 1 Peter.  In the text Peter explains the role of an elder, and by doing this indirectly identifies the kind of community that should be built within a church.


God Put Him in a Place of Honor

Posted in church, courage, apostles, Easter by LifeSpringChurch on April 3rd, 2016

This sermon comes from Acts 5:26-32.  It looks at the early persecution of people such as Peter and John and how their boldness gave them determination to proclaim their faith in Christ as risen from the grave.  The sermon asks us to think about what a prayer for boldness today would look like and how it might change us.


What is a missional church?

Posted in church, missional, first century, apostolic by LifeSpringChurch on September 22nd, 2014

This sermon looks at the development of the church, since the first century, from a missional form to an institutional, Christendom form.  The sermon looks at what that means for the church today as well as what we should be doing about it to restore a first century ethos.